When it is time to replace the roof of your home, you look for a contractor and just tell them that the roof needs to be replaced. It is seemingly simple, but if you take the time to plan your roof replacement and work with the contractor, you will get more from your investment in this home improvement project. The following tips will help you work with a roofing contractor to ensure you get the most out of your investment in a new roof:
Have Your Roof Inspected and Talk With the Roofing Contractor About Repair and Replacement Options
It is important to have your roof inspected at least once a year to ensure it does not need repairs. If you know it is time to replace the shingles soon, talk to the roofer about options to repair the damaged areas or whether it is time to invest in completely tearing off the old roofing and replacing it with new shingles. Ask the roofing contractor to help with any emergency repairs to stop leaks and damage to your home, while you schedule a time to start the roof replacement project.
Talk With the Roofing Contractor About Repairing Structural Damage and Update Underlayment Materials
If your roof is well-worn and had repairs done repeatedly prior to replacement, it is likely that there is going to be damage that needs to be repaired before new materials can be installed. Talk with the roofing contractor about the damage that they discover as they rip off the old shingles and prepare to install new shingles on your home.
Look for Problem Areas on Your Roof and Talk to Your Contractor About How to Correct Them
The roof of your home may also have areas that cause problems that you want to talk with your roofer about. Some of the areas that commonly cause wear and leaks include walls on roofs, chimneys, and areas where different roof slopes meet. Ask about options to improve these areas to reduce problems with excess runoff, wear, and water puddling in certain areas of your roof when it rains.
Work With Your Roofing Contractor About Choosing the Right Materials and Features to Improve Your New Roof
There are many choices of materials that you can choose to install on your new roof, which may include shingles, metal roofing, or synthetic materials. Talk to your contractor about materials that are commonly used where you live and alternatives if materials like wood shakes are prohibited. You may also want to ask if they recommend reinforcing eaves with special materials or adding more ventilation to your attic with roof vents.
These are some tips that will help you get the most out of your investment in a new roof with a good plan and working with your contractor. If you need help with roof replacement and improvements that need to be done during the project, contact a roofing contractor to start planning your roof replacement.